Company Info

1917

Established by Setsuzo Tsubakimoto in Kita-ku, Osaka as a private enterprise known as Tsubakimoto Shoten manufacturing bicycle chains

Setsuzo Tsubakimoto

RS Roller Chain production

1923

Conveyor equipment production

1924
1928

Ceased bicycle chain production to concentrate on industrial chains

1929

Registered as Tsubakimoto Chain Manufacturing Company

Marine Engine Roller Chain production

Marine
1933
1937

Tsubaki products first used in a large-scale conveyor plant

1940

Completed Tsurumi Plant in Osaka

1941

Launched as a joint-stock company with capital of 3 million yen. Setsuzo Tsubakimoto appointed as first president.

Tsubaki Marine Engine Chain approved by Lloyds Register

1949

Tsubakimoto listed on the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges

Exported roller chain to the U.S. for the first time

1951
1953

Tsubaki becomes first roller chain manufacturer in Japan approved by JIS (Japan Industrial Standards)

Began mass production of automobile timing chains

1958

Chain Motor put on the Japanese market

1960
1961

Division-based operation system adopted

1962

Completed Saitama Plant

Saitama Plant

Top Chain made with engineering plastic developed

1963

Introduced NA Series Roller Chain

1964

Taiwan Representative office opened in Taipei

1965

Tsubakimoto Morse Co. (later Tsubaki Emerson Co.) established through joint venture with Borg Warner USA

Newsveyor introduced

Gear Motor S Series introduced Power Cylinder introduced

1966

Ichiro Yamanaka second president

Unmanned rail car (Auto-Run) developed

1967

Introduced 53rd Series Roller Chain

Disco variable speed drive

Disco variable speed drive introduced

High speed sorting system marketed

1969
1970

Richi Omura third president

Changed company name registration from Tsubakimoto Chain Manufacturing Company to Tsubakimoto Chain Co.

Da Tseng Chain Co. established (now Taiwan Tsubakimoto Co.)

Taiwan Tsubakimoto

Electric control products such as Shock Relay, etc. first marketed

1971

Completed Kyoto Plant

Tsubakimoto USA, Inc. established (now U.S. Tsubaki, Inc.)

U.S. Tsubaki

Micro chain introduced

1972

Tsubakimoto Europe B.V. established

Tsubakimoto Europe
1973

Tsubakimoto Mayfran Inc. established

Alspeed Canada purchased by Tsubakimoto (now Tsubaki of Canada Ltd.)

Alspeed Canada

Auto reading and sorting system developed

Launched sales of toothed belts

1975

Koichi Sueyoshi fourth president

Singapore Representative Office opened

Introduced 60th Series Roller Chain

1976

Pack-U-Veyor first marketed

Pack-U-Veyor

Sprockets manufactured in USA

1977

Tsubaki Antriebstechnik established in West Germany

Power Lock put on the market

1979
1981

Established Tsubakimoto Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Tsubakimoto Singapore

Spun off bulk conveyor division to establish Tsubakimoto Bulk Systems Corp.

1982

Completed Hyogo Plant

Australia Representative Office and South Africa Representative Office opened

Automatic guided vehicle "TeleCarrier" developed

1983

Tomoichi Urabe fifth president

Tsubakimoto Engineering of America Inc. established

Tsubaki Conveyor of America, Inc. established

1984

Hong Kong Representative Office opened

Introduced 70th Series Roller Chain

Linear motor type high speed conveyer developed

1985

Bearing Bush Chain introduced

1986

U.S. Tsubaki Sandusky plant began operations, local production of industrial-use chains started

Online network between TC and subsidiaries started

1987

Strategic Business initiative started

Tsubaki Australia Pty. Limited established

Tsubaki Australia

Lambda Chain introduced

1988

U.S. Tsubaki, Inc. acquired Ballantine, Inc.

WP Chain introduced

1989

Michio Noguchi sixth president

Conveyor components line introduced

1990

T.E.E.U. Limited established

Tsubaki Emerson Gear (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. established (Now Tsubaki Everbest Gear (Tianjin) Co., Ltd.)

BS Lambda Chain Series introduced

Steel Double-Plus Chain lineup marketed

1991

P. Koning merged under Tsubakimoto Europe B.V.

KV, KM Top Chains introduced

AC Servo Motor introduced

Automated vertical shelf system "Power Column" introduced.

1992

Roller chain factory certified ISO 9002 (upgraded to ISO 9001 in 1996)

Tsubaki Thai Representative Office (TTRO) established

Hypoid Motor first marketed

1993

Automatic materials handling system for automobile factories, "NewTraverser" developed

1994

Taiwan Tsubakimoto Co. & Tsubaki Australia Pty. Limited achieved ISO 9002 certification

Stainless Steel Long Life Chain Series introduced

Introduced 80th Series Roller Chain

1995

Conveyor chain factory certified ISO 9001

Tsubaki enters healthcare market, launching nursing care aids including the Isshin-Tasuke reclining bed

1996

U.S. Tsubaki, Inc. opens automotive factory in Chicopee, MA

Chicopee Plant
1997

Takashi Fukunaga seventh president

Kyoto Plant certified ISO 9001

Saitama automotive parts plant certified ISO 9001

Japanese and English web sites opened on Internet

Developed and began manufacturing of silent chain for auto engines

silent chain
1998

U.S. Tsubaki's and Tsubakimoto Chain's automotive factories achieve QS-9000 certification

Ultra PX Belt introduced (more than 2X conduction capacity)

Ultra PX Belt
1999

Tsubaki mission statement implemented

Tsubakimoto Machinery Co. established

Materials handling subsidiaries Tsubakimoto Tech and Tsubakimoto Merged

2000

Tsubaki Kabelschlepp Shanghai Co., Ltd. established

Environmental policy of Tsubakimoto Chain Group set

2001

Kyotanabe plant completed

Kyotanabe plant

Headquarters moved from Tsurumi to Chuuo, Osaka

2002

Tsubakimoto (Thailand) Co., Ltd. established

Tsubakimoto Automotive (Thailand) Co., Ltd. established

Tsubaki Emerson Co. established

Helical Power Drive introduced

Small size automatic frozen safekeeping system for pharmaceutical industry "Labostocker" introduced

Space Freezer

Food processing conveyer "Space Freezer" introduced.

2003

Established Tsubaki Support Center Co.

Headquarters moved from Chuuo to Kita, Osaka

2004

Tianjin Tsubakimoto Conveyor Systems Co., Ltd. established

Tsubaki Emerson Machinery (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established

Tsubakimoto Automotive (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established

Tsubakimoto Chain Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established

Introduced the corporate executive officer system

All Group work sites in Japan certified ISO14001

New BS Lambda Chain Series introduced

BS Lambda Chain
2005

Shanghai Dogbo-Tsubaki Conveyor System Manufacturing Co., Ltd. established

Tatsuhiko Mimoto eighth president

G7 Roller Chain Series introduced 2006  
Zip Chain Lifter introduced 2008 Takashi Fukunaga ninth president
  2009

Isamu Osa tenth president

Tsubakimoto Automotive Korea Co., Ltd. established

  2010

KabelSchlepp GmbH acquired

Tsubaki India Power Transmission Private Limited established

Tsubaki Deutschland GmbH established

  2011

Tsubakimoto Materials Handling Systems (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established

2012

Tsubakimoto Chain (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. established

Mayfran Holdings, Inc. acquired

PT. Tsubaki Indonesia Trading established

PT. Tsubaki Indonesia Manufacturing established

Tsubakimoto Automotive Mexico S.A. de C.V. established

  2013 Tsubaki Power Transmission (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. established
  2014

Mahindra Tsubaki Conveyor Systems Private Limited established through joint venture with Mahindra Engineering & Chemical Products Ltd.

Acquired a controlling share in Tsubaki CAPT Power Transmission (Shijiazhuang) Co., Ltd.

  2015

Yasushi Ohara eleventh president
Yasushi Ohara

Automotive parts factory completed at Tsubakimoto Chain (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. The second automotive parts factory in China in addition to Shanghai.